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Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace

This six foot, tattooed, ex-junky, banshee priestess is totally amazing.

This six foot, tattooed, ex-junky, banshee priestess is totally amazing. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the tattooed, Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where a chocolate fountain, a blessing of the bicycles, and serious liturgy come together. She's a face of the Emerging Church — redefining what church is, with deep reverence for tradition. Discover more at onbeing.org 2014-10-26 02.18.16 pm

Other great talks from On Being

NATALIE BATALHA Exoplanets and Love: Science That Connects Us to One Another

A mission scientist with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life. She speaks about unexpected connections between things like love and dark energy, science and gratitude, and how "exploring the heavens" brings the beauty of the cosmos and the exuberance of scientific discovery closer to us all. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/108653876" params="auto_play=true&color=00acd6" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

SHERWIN NULAND The Biology of the Spirit

Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known for his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award. For him, pondering death was a way of wondering at life — and the infinite variety of processes that maintain human life moment to moment. He reflects on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138235637" params="auto_play=true&color=00acd6" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

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